Sold By The City Of Denver, To Benefit The Clyfford Still Museum

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Clyfford Still was a towering figure of unwavering commitment to creative originality and aesthetic freedom. At the forefront of American Abstract Expressionism, Still's role cannot be understated. In the transformative history of American painting of the 20th century, Still is a unique presence: this maverick was incisively intelligent, utterly influential and independently bold. He approached each canvas with formidable purpose and a deep desire to express the inexpressible. This selection of four paintings offered from the estate of the artist’s widow, Patricia Still, encompasses the spectrum of Still's career. From his earliest explorations into Surrealist-tinged abstraction of the late 1930s/early 1940s to the emergence of Still's landmark creations of the late 1940s and ending with the monumental paintings of the 1970s, each stage in his career is represented with a work of museum quality and utmost importance.

Still believed that his art was best perceived in groupings that spanned his oeuvre and the visual pleasures of these four works supports this precept, as does the opening of the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver in November 2012. Comprised of the estates of the artist and Mrs. Still, the museum will house fully 94 per cent of the artist’s oeuvre as well as the artist’s archive, providing a uniquely complete forum for the study and appreciation of one artist’s career. For the world of collectors, Still’s oeuvre had been an enticing prospect of unknown dimension for years, based partially on the fact the painter's estate had been sealed from public access upon his death in 1980. With the establishment of the museum, records now indicate that only approximately 24 works on paper and 77 paintings remain in private hands. As with all the best works by Clyfford Still, these four canvases are animated by the liberating spirit and life that the artist invested into his work.

Sold By The City Of Denver, To Benefit The Clyfford Still Museum will be offered in the following auction: